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The ‘EastEnders’ actor, who plays Mick Carter in the BBC soap, was chosen for the award by the public for the second year in a row, and shared his excitement after collecting his gong from co-stars Jessie Wallace and Shane Ritchie.
After collecting his award, he joked: “Oh, ‘EastEnders’! I’m so honoured, listen, to be part of such a sublime, depressing programme as ‘EastEnders’. It’s a beautiful thing, I thank every single one of ya.”
Discussing his fellow nominees, he added: “Ali King, I’ve known you for such a long time. Great actress. You don’t wanna come up here, you’d rather have it brought to you. Michael Parr, I don’t know you that well… and Raki!
“I hold my hands up Rak, you’re better. What you’ve done is beautiful. It’s a huge subject you’ve had to deal with, and you’ve done a beautiful thing. You’ve got a great career ahead of you.”
As the cherry on top, he then spoke directly to his fiancée, Joanne Mas, in the audience, saying: “My Juanita… she’s giving me daggers for some reason, I dunno what I’ve done. I wanna thank my mum and dad for having a roll about in 1977 and conceiving me. Thank you very much, have a wonderful evening, thank you.”
Dermot O’Leary then summed up what pretty much of all of us were thinking, remarking: “Oh man. He started early…”
Other winners on the night included ‘Great British Bake Off’, ‘I’m A Celebrity’ and ‘Downton Abbey’, which won Best Drama for the final time, following its grand finale, which aired over Christmas.
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